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Referee Information

Referees are an integral part of DFAC.  We need referees of all ages and certification levels for our in-house recreational program and our home games for Desert Elite Youth Academy and Port of Subs Open League.  Most games are held at Desert Willow Park, several fields near Cactus Shadows High School, and Desert Broom Park.

Referee Certification

Referees are required to be USSF certified and must re-certify annually. The Arizona State Referee Administration offers referee certification classes. You can check for current class offerings and register at

Grade 8 Referee:
The Grade 8 Referee is certified to work as either an Assistant Referee or a Center Referee on all youth soccer games (recreational or competitive). We are in great need of soccer-knowledgeable, physically-fit U12 and older to work with both recreational (younger refs) and older youth soccer games (older refs).

Certification & Recertification:
New refereess and Grade 9 referees wishing to upgrade to a Grade 8 must complete the Online Training (Part 1) and a Field Session (Part 2).  Online training must be completed before you will be allowed to register for Field Training.

For instructions on becoming a referee, click HERE.
To search for Field Session* classes, you can check HERE.  

* Desert Foothills Athletic Club sponsors a Field Session Class on August 18 at Sonoran Trails Middle School Gym (5445 East Pinnacle Vista Drive, Phoenix, AZ  85054). This class should run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Contact Brett Lincoln at [email protected] if you have any questions regarding referee certification.

Referee Assignor

All DFAC games are allocated by our referee assignor, Brett Lincoln.    

If you are a certified referee and would like to be added to our distribution list, OR, would like more information on becoming a referee, please contact Brett Lincoln.

Referee Feedback

Desert Foothills Athletic Club loves to hear the good and the bad to help develop our referees.

We ask that you please:

  • Be specific and constructive.
  • Be a role model for respectful behavior.
  • Never yell at our referees.
  • Do not approach them during or after the game.

Please share your comments about the officials at your game. Let us know what can be done better or compliment a job well-done!

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